So Far in South Korea
The past few weeks
After a recent post of me eating, a friend (Andy P.) said, "You should post recipes to your blog[.]"
Andy...here is it...the food edition.
One of my two favorite Korean dishes, jeon is an amazing dish that is usually large and shared. Nom the Korean pancake!
One of my favorite meals in Korea is gimbap. Getting gimbap is like running to subway, or picking up a quick sandwich anywhere.
A popular group event that I have gone with work to two times. With a grill in the middle of the table (and dozens of side dishes) you cook your meat fresh!
The jeon (some call it pajeon) in my photograph is specifically saewoojeon. It is a Korean pancake made mostly with leeks cooked with an egg, or flour, batter. Saewoojeon is jeon with shrimp added. Here is a recipe for jeon below the four pictures. Make sure not to use too thick of green onion or leeks when cooking this simple food... http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/how-to-make-pajeon/
Not a good description, but a simple one, is gimbap is a Korean version of sushi. It's not a true description because it is made a little differently, and it does not include raw fish. My favorite is made with tune, but you can have it with ham, seasoned beef, or vegetarian. The options are really limitless...like with making a sandwich. With seaweed and rice on the outside, the fillings can be quite a range. Recipe is located a little down the page... http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/kimbap
Korean barbecue just requires friends, a grill, and whole lot of side dishes!
This is a chestnut makgeolli, a very popular Korean rice wine. Delicious pairing for barbecue, jeon, reading, laughing with friends, or walking with friends.
Soju is an incredibly popular drink in Korea. It is a 18-20% rice liquor. It does not taste like rice at all. It is usually taken as a shot in big groups, or mixed with literally any other liquid. It's surprisingly amazing!
This is a sweet dessert drink. It is a water-based pumpkin broth, with steamed rice and malt added. It is then fermented for a couple of days. Some add sugar also to make it sweet. My favorite dessert here yet! Here is a plain Sikhye recipe http://www.food.com/recipe/sikhye-386496